Making a double-hook rig is an easy and effective way to troll for all pelagic game fish. Armed with a bonito or dolphin belly strip, the double-hook rig is durable and dorado, wahoo, billfish and tuna will find it too good to pass up. It will also hold up to multiple shots from fish and its smaller size makes it easier for fish to eat.
I love to pull this down deep or way out long on the shotgun because I am confident that the bait will hold up to the rigors of trolling better than ballyhoo and those are the two places in the spread where its hard to monitor the condition of your trolling bait.
I have started to stiff rig the front hook and it helps keep the rig from flopping around too much if it breaks the surface.
You can make your double hook sets ahead of time at home. Start by using a pair of side cutters to pinch down the spot between the gap in the eye of the hook and then pry it open a little more. I prefer a Mustad 3407 super strong hook and the size depends upon the application.
Next, I take the second hook and place it in the opening in the eye of the first hook. Turn the second hook around so the barb is near the opening. I then tap the second hook through with a tool.
Now I squeeze the eye of the leading hook back into place with a vise.
The second hook should be able to swing and move a bit, but not come apart.
Next I will take a 5-foot piece of #9 or #10 single-strand wire and pass the end through the eye of the hook going down and to the left.
Wrap the wire around the hook shank and back through the eye of the hook the opposite way it went in.
Pull the wire up tight and make a normal haywire twist in front of the hook.
To finish off the rig I like to slide a Seawitch or lure head down and add a belly strip. You’re now ready to go get them.
This is an easy way for beginners and experts to have a consistently true-running bait.
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